Clementine Padleford, IJ '22, is author of a 475-page, richly illustrated cookbook published by Charles Scribner's Sons last November. It's "How America Eats," a collection of recipes, done in her inimitable, warmly personalized style. In '58 Henry Holt published her first book, "A Flower for My Mother."
Since 1935 she has written a daily food column for the New York Herald Tribune, and since 1940 a weekly food feature for This Week magazine. In gathering material for her writings she averages 50,000 miles of travel a year. She has tramped the vineyards of the Champagne district of France, eaten sweet boiled shrimps on the Bay of Cadiz, walked barefoot through drying coffee beans in Guatemala, watched the olive harvesting in Spain. In 1953 she went to England to report on foods for Queen Elizabeth II's coronation celebrations; the feature articles she wrote for the Herald Tribune from her interviews and the two in This Week won her one of her seven New York Newspaper Women's annual awards.
She lives in a New York City apartment, spends weekends at her Connecticut home, flies a Piper Cub. The friend's daughter she reared after the friend's death was graduated from Wellesley, married, and now lives on one of Clementine's Maine farms, has three children.